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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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3,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 122
Gots: 573 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of Brabander
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer (i believe) from my buddy Bierenutz a few months ago. It was all that time in my beerfridge and because of the warm wheather it was nice to try this beer.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer had a surpisingly colour, darkred/coppercoloured fluid and a nice big head. A little carbonation, good start.

Smell of floral hops, i like the smell of ipa's but what about the taste.

To be honest this one is BIT too bitter, not much but the first sips are bitter. After that the beer grows on you and the bitterness fades away.

Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented a nice copper glass with a nice thick white head. Note lacing
Smell is a sweet malt back by a subdued hop note.
Taste is nice punchy hops but they sneak up on you I have a feeling the cask has a hand in this .
Mouth feel is standard cask feels a bit thin overall.
Overall a very nice beer and may have to pick up some as I was told they've pulled distro back.
On cask at tap and mallet.

Photo of cjoc83
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden/apricot color with a little over 2 fingers of off white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell explodes with tropical fruit hops - grapefruit and pineapple, mostly, with Belgian yeast sitting underneath and giving off aromas of lemon zest, banana, and slight spice. Also a little bit of biscuity malt. Really smells amazing.

Damn that's good. Citrus hops upfront, which segues into the Belgian yeast which brings nice fruity esters - banana and lemon - and then some bready malt before finishing with some nice pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. A really great interplay of flavors. Leaves the palate with a nice fruity aftertaste. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy, finishes dry.

This beer is one of, if not actually, my favorite Belgian IPA's. Super hop-forward, but doesn't over-power the Belgian flavor. The bready malts provide a nice backbone to all the flavors bouncing around. Just a great example of a BIPA and an awesome beer all-around.

Photo of rwathree
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz pour.

A: the range of colors - from gold to red to brown - is attractive, but the relative lightness of color makes me think this will be lighter-bodied than I'd expect. Yields a thin, off-white head that disappears quickly; I'd expect more from any Belgian-styled beer.

S: Lot of banana, some clove; not picking up much that suggests the hops here. It smells good, but again this keeps running up against expectations without piquing curiousity.

T: A nice mix of sweetness and spices arrives up front, but a potent but nondescript hop bitterness cancels that out fast. I can't get around the thought that I'm drinking perfume. Each sip repeats the same pro-con arc.

M: This keeps with the prevailing theme for this beer - the carbonation is a little too mild, the body is a little too thin. Hops do have some sticking power, though.

O: Flying Dog makes some good stuff, but this is underwhelming. It's far from undrinkable, but there's no single redeeming positive, either. I'd like this to either assert it's hop/booze-bomb traits, or aim for a more complex blend of Belgian and American flavors. This is caught unfavorably in-between.

Photo of sloambbr
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty standard looking beer. Mild amber color, and a thin white head.
S: Really nice light smell. Slightly bready and hoppy, almost soapy , which was interesting. Kind of a sweet, nectar smell on top of it all.
T: Great tasting beer. Sweet, nectar taste right off the bat, with some mild hoppy undertones. Also a sweet bready taste, almost like an amber ale, is barely there. The lingering flavor is what really does it for me. Pretty nice bitter for an IPA, but the spiciness is really excellent. The belgian yeast mixed with the bittering hops is great.
M: Pretty standard. Carbonation is medium, initial feel is very smooth, medium body.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a tulip glass at Churchkey.

A very soapy and bubbly head white in color, with some surprising staying power for a poured cask ale. Cloudy amber body. Your basic cask ale program presentation, givining to a nice look.

Nose has light Belgian like malts and a sense of sweet sugar cinnamon. Strong but not much else.

Taste is mildly buttery texture from cask ale pour, and an extremely soft bodied malt, and a hint of mild diacetyl. Teasing palate but with a hint of fun.

Overall, on cask pretty straight forward. With a mild body and big chewy malt and hint of hop goodness on the finish to give a sense of ipa fun.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pleasant coppery colour, slightly hazed, although there's not sediment in the bottle. Head is fine, for the most part, but is filmy, and forms in large bubbles otherwise. Some patchy and very inconsistent lacing. Not that great, to be honest.

Nose is, indeed, that great. Big citrussy American hop character, with the blunting that comes from a pleasant round Belgian yeast character. Very crisp and very lovely. It brings together the best of both world in such a lovely fashion. Almost the classic BIPA nose.

Taste is also very nice, and really exemplified the wonderful blend of the two styles. Rather sweet cleansing Belgian body, with a lightness that improves the drinkability and a pleasing citric hop bite that gives crispness to the end and a lengthened bitterness. Feel is smoother than the average IPA, but very pleasantly leavened.

This is a lovely beer. It's pretty much a light American IPA that is spliced with the interest and roundness of Belgian yeast to give it something surprising. A very clear exemplar of the style, and one of the best of the style I've had.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: A mixture of spicy Belgian yeast and cloves with a good amount of citrus and floral hops and some pine. Hints of black pepper, banana, orange, and lemon. Very complex and appealing.

Taste: Starts out with a big taste of spicy Belgian yeast with some cloves, pepper, and banana. This is followed by a mixture of cascade and piney hops towards the finish. Hop bitterness is very noticeable but fairly mild for an IPA. This starts like a saision and finishes like a west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy for an IPA.

Overall: A very tasty and solid take on an IPA. The spicy yeast and American hops make for a nice combination.

Photo of JoeBCBC
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a somewhat hazy bright orange hue with dense bubbles that cascade down the side of the glass that gracefully evolves into a dense and silky one finger off-white head.

S- Citrusy hops and a Belgian spiciness dominate the nose with sweet caramel and aromatic tones lurking in the background.

T- A generous hop bitterness comes out first surfing on silky smooth caramel malts, then the punch and twang of some spicy belgian yeast esters. The citrusy resinous hop flavor is last to appear and tastes wonderful. I like the balance of this beer.

M- Despite seeming very bubbly during the pour, this beer definitely has its smooth moments. The medium body accompanies taste very well.

O- I'm loving this beer, especially as it warms up. For a beer that incorporates ingredients and flavors that can easily run wild and take over, a delicate balance is achieved and makes this one very memorable. I would certainly buy this again.

Photo of PCampbell
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber/ copper with a nice cream/ off-white head that leaves a consistent lacing on the edges.

The smell is predominately citrus and floral hops, with some accompanying belgian yeast staples. It ends up being pretty complex and intriguing. The taste comes off with citrusy hops, sweet malt and some spiciness from the yeast. A very flavorful combination. Has a thin - medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

A pretty good beer if you like IPAs and are in the mood for one with a nice twist to it. Definitely worth tasting if given the chance.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives very dark yellow, no light orange with a smallish white head. Retention is good after it hits the island and ring stage.
Smell is hoppy of course with malt and citrus notes and pepper as well.
Taste is hoppy grapefruit with light pepper and malt. Balance is as expected of an IPA.
Smoother than expected, and of a style I drink rarely, this is a good brew. Dry finish with a nice grapefruit linger. Medium bodied though leaning fuller. Lightish effervescence though prominent on the tip of the tongue to start. Warming in the throat. A good brew to be sure but the ABV says "just one, son".

Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, but have only had the chance till recently since Michigan wasn't allowing it to be sold, but now that Flying Dog put them in their place I now have the chance to try this beer and experience my first Belgian IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know its fresh since they are just now be able to be sold here and The Lager Mill just got some in. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like this label a lot, like most of their labels, its edgy and eye catching and it is drawn nicely. It poured a pretty clear light copper color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick lumpy layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left some nice chunky rings of lacing. All in all this is a pretty good looking beer.

S- The aroma is pretty sweet and heavy on the hops. It starts off with lots of hops, its seems like a pretty nice mix between floral and citrus hops, but the citrus hops seem to win the battle and there are some nice notes of oranges, mango's, grapefruits and other citrus fruits with some nice flower like aromas for the floral aspect of the hops. The Belgian yeast shows up nicely and it has that signature bubblegum like aroma that mixes with the sweet malts base of this beer that gives it a honey like aroma. The aroma is pretty complex and impressive.

T- Just as it was in the aroma the hops are the first to show up and surprisingly the hops are more floral then citrus instead of the being the opposite like they were in the aroma. The malts impart a light grainy flavor and are pretty sweet. In the middle I picked up some more hops along with some spices and bubble gum flavors from the Belgian yeast. The finish is citrusy and spicy and it had a medium amount of bitterness to it. The spices really seemed to stay on the palate and lets you know that it's a Belgian IPA.

M- Its smooth, medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, the body of this beer is exactly where it should be and I wouldn't change a thing about it.

Overall I thought this was pretty good beer, and it made for a pretty good first experience with a Belgian IPA. Since this was my first Belgian IPA I was unsure of how the Belgian yeast would work with a hop forward beer and I was pretty happy with how well the two went together and I will for sure be looking to try more of this style. I thought that the alcohol was hidden pretty well and I wouldn't mind having another one but I think two in one sitting would be my limit. The things I liked most about this beer was its appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel they were all awesome and very well done. I liked the sweetness and the lesser presence that the citrus hops had in the taste of this beer the least, but that would be borderline nitpicking. I would for sure buy a four pack of this sometime, its a nice change from your average IPA. I think this beer is for sure worth a try, especially if you love IPA's, so pick this one up if you haven't tried it yet. It seems like all the beers I have had from the Canis Major series have all been a step above Flying Dogs regular lineup and this beer is no exception, I am glad Flying Dog stuck it to the man and got their beer into the hands of the people in Michigan that want it, I admire them for that and I wish more brewery's were as passionate about their beer as Flying Dog is.

Photo of Kuromaru
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent, deep golden with tangerine and maraschino cherry hues. An adequate, 1-finger white head presents itelf and dissipates to a ring that remains throughout. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell--Flowery hops, followed by yeast. The overal effect is a kind of sweet-and-sour orange citrus zest. Interesting.

Mouthfeel--Medium bodied, good carbonation. Dry, with a good, clean finish. Sits nicely on the palate and exits politely.

Taste--Hop bitterness is very nicely balanced with light malt sweetness and some tart fruitiness. Tangy. Really pops on the tongue.

Overall--This is probably not what most people are looking for in an IPA, but I love it. It's balanced, tasty and refreshing. If you're looking for something outside the norm in IPAs, this is it.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #42
Served On: 8/19/2011
Glassware: Pint

This was another one from the 2011 Alpha Collection.

Look: Poured a super clear copper color with surprisingly low carbonation. The head was a 2 finger tan and dissolved quickly.

Smell: Aroma was intense with Belgian yeast mixed with resiny pine. There may have been some roasted malts in there. I guess that’s what an East Coast Belgian IPA should smell like. I’ve always found this to be an odd combination of styles.

Taste: A heavy pine started things off. Then a mild bitterness created some balance. The Belgian yeast became more apparent in the finish and aftertaste - along with bitter pine and alcohol.

This is a good IPA if you’re looking for classic East Coast qualities blended with Belgian notes. The beer is a bit extreme (borderline imperial) and I know of a few states that have banned the beer because of the bottle artwork. Overall it’s not bad.

Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a large frothy head of a cream color. Solid lacing and good retention as it settles to a rocky top.

The aroma of fresh hops is foremost, with some citrus notes. The brew is a crystal-clear golden amber, with a modest amount of bubbles slowly rising.

A lively grapefruit flash up front leads the flavor profile, with a nicely married hop presence accenting the grain, followed by a slightly bitter back palate and a hint of sweetness in the finish. This is a well balanced IPA that is so smooth on the tongue the high gravity is hardly noticeable. Seems almost too clean though, and not so raging.

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog - Raging Bitch
A: Hazed out orange-amber in color. Forms about a half inch or so of bright white head. Reduces down fairly quickly to a patchy surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. 4.0

S: Smells sweet and floral. Honey. A little orange. Maybe a little bubblegum and some yeast in the background. 4.0

T: Starts off with a light citrusy, malty sweetness before moving on to a mild earthy-herbal bitterness. Citrus. Some spice on the back end. The “Belgian” aspect of this beer is much more pronounced than I was expecting. 3.5 - 4.0

M: Medium in weight. A bit slick. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. 4.0

O: A solid take on the style. I was actually expecting this one to lean more towards and American style IPA than it did. Drinkability is good. 4.0

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very pretty two fingered white cap builds very quickly. After a few minutes there is still a very frothy finger and a half of head, and it is sticking in big pillow chunks to the side of the glass.

The body is crystal clear and the color of maple syrup. The carbonation rises lazily in small pillars to the top. I like this so far.

Smell: Tons of clove on the nose and lemon notes too. The hops give off an herbal and spicy scent. Also a little bit of banana hiding behind the spice notes. It is very refreshing and a big nose. Very easy to get a nose full of what is in the glass.

Taste: Banana, clove and high hoppiness on the drink. It finishes relatively dry because of the hops. No hint of alcohol on this thing either. Not much warming effect that some other higher alcohol offerings might have. The herbal spice comes through in the taste as well.

The little bit of citrus I noticed on the nose is not in the drink. Raging Bitch is a really good drink. And the balance between the Belgian malts and American hops is really well done.

Mouth feel: The beer is medium bodied and definitely dry. It makes for a real snappy drink while being refreshing at the same time. The finish lingers for a while and has notes of the clove and hops.

Overall: If you’re still new to Belgian style IPA’s, I bet you could do a lot worse than Raging Bitch. Don’t let the name and, uh, anatomically disturbing dog on the label turn you off. This dog’ll hunt. I’m glad I made myself give this a go before Flying Dog disappears from the shelves in my hometown.

Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours a slightly hazy reddish copper with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is fruity and estery, with some nice tropical fruit and a undertone of a medicinal phenolic character. Hidden under the yeasty aroma is a nice herbal, and slightly citric hoppiness. The spicy, sweet esters dominate the flavor, but after the estery sweetness fades quickly and the hops are become apparent. They are herbal and earthy, with hints of pine and citrus. Some bready malt is apparent as well. There is bitterness and phenols linger in the aftertaste, but the alcohol is hidden.

Photo of clint1019
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Was a light amber color with a fluffy cream colored head.

S - A good combination of belgiun and IPA. Has a malty/floral aroma combined with a caramelized sugar/spicy aroma.

T - Has a rich malty taste accompanied by a fruity and spicy aftertaste.

M - medium bodied. Would of liked to have more carbonation. It feels a bit heavy on the palate for an IPA.

O - Different. Not sure if it's a good different. I just don't think that the belguin flavors and the IPA flavors go together that well.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into widemouth glass.

Pours with a very short white head over a nearly opaque amber to brown body.

Aromas are on the sweet side with banana, apples, and sweet spices.

Flavors come through much differently, with lots of hop-forward qualities. Mostly pineapple with some banana sweetness. Not quite as much yeasty funk as I might expect from the style. Mouthfeel is very nice, with a zesty carbonation that holds back the alcoholic sugar sweetness.

Especially considering the very affordable pricetag, this one is a great gateway into Belgin IPAs for someone who doesn't wish to spend $15 on a 750 of Houblon Chouffe or $8 on a small Piraat.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter

A- Pours a hazy color between orange and copper. Nice 2 finger white head that really sticks around and laces on the glass.

S- I can really smell the citrus from the hops right up front. The citrus kind of fades into the bready smell from the Belgian yeast.

T- What a roller-coaster. Belgian yeast, citrus and pine from the hops and then back to Belgium. The after taste is a delicious mix of both.

M- Nicely carbonated, the complexity of the flavors makes it almost tangy.

O- This has been one of my favorite beers for a while and it is about time I got around to reviewing it. I consider this my gateway IPA. Please Flying Dog, keep sending it to Texas!

Photo of enfield249
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, clear amber with a thick white fully head of foam.

S - Fresh pine hop aroma.

T - First thing I get is a strong hop flavor, pine and slight citrus. Then some maltyness, and then a little of the Belgian funk/sour. Nice balance.

M - Straight medium, which it seems light it would feel heavier for the alcohol content.

O - An excellent beer. Tastes amazing, and it's always nice to have a beer who's name was involved in a court case. TAKE THAT MI liquor control board!

Photo of McNealc31
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the color is a bit more light orange and the head is both big and sticking around.

The smell is both hoppy and yeasty. Lots of orange and coriander before the hops come in. Not a ton of malt here. But a very bitter finish. Outstanding lacing. I'm getting more Belgian than IPA, but I like this. I believe I'm a fan of these kind of hybrids in general.

Overall, a pretty tasty brew, and it's nice to see some innovation in the style.

Photo of Brutmasta
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip, this beer was $15 for a damn six pack, let's find out if it's worth it.

A-Hazy with a slight golden/bronze color, nice 2 and a half finger head. The head is really sticking around too, which is a big deal to me.

S-This beer smells really really good, the hops aren't overwhelming, I'm getting a lot of citrus and earthy tones also.

T-I get the citrus and earth tones at the beginning, taste just like it smells. The hop bitterness doesn't come till the end and I've got to tell ya, it's almost perfect.

M-A tad on the light side, but not too light where you feel your not drinking a beer at all, goes down really smooth and coats the mouth and throat pretty nicely,

O-An excellent beer, the best one I've had from Flying Dog. All the characteristics fit together almost perfectly, it's a bit pricey but if you can fork out the extra change it is totally worth it!!

Photo of Crftbrfan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle

Really nice burnt orange color. Slight haze, clears as it sits. 2-3 finger off white creamy tight head. Great lacing.

Mixed blend of citrus and piney hops. Neither dominate. Eatery peppery belgian yeast really comes thru.

Slight bitterness and spicy hops. Decent malt backbone. Finishes fairly dry.

Medium bodied. Sligtly oily. Hops coat the mouth after the swallow.

Overall really love this beer. Fav offering from FD.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,487 ratings.